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click to enlarge Gus Lee

2 Wednesday

books

"My mother was as devout a Christian as you could imagine, and my dad was as violent and powerful an iconoclast as you could picture," Gus Lee told the Indy in 2003. "They constantly warred over this." That dichotomy became a part of several novels telling the barely fictionalized tale of the former district attorney's childhood, including China Boy, which won acclaim from the New York Times Book Review. Now it's a selection for the local library district's 2013 All Pikes Peak Reads program, and as part of that, Lee will lead a free storytelling workshop at 11:30 this morning at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St., 418-5851, tiny.cc/15t23w). — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Antje Duvekot

3 Thursday

music

Antje Duvekot is virtually made for Manitou. A gifted vocalist and songwriter, she won the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, and the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She's been hailed by famed rock critic Dave Marsh as one of the "most intense and beautiful singer-songwriters on the planet." And she also draws her own animated videos frame-by-frame. All of which means Manitouians will want to head a few miles west to catch the East Coaster's performance at The Loft (2506 W. Colorado Ave., loftmusicvenue.com). Tickets are $10, showtime is 8 tonight. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge First Friday

4 Friday

art

This First Friday is special for Pueblo. A year ago today, the Pueblo Arts Alliance officially formed the Creative Corridor, a three-part stretch of downtown filled with galleries, museums, shops and other businesses. The Alliance was able to get the Corridor registered as a "creative district" by Colorado Creative Industries, meaning it's received thousands in grants, technical support, and for the lowbrow among us, heavy-duty bragging rights. That's worth a party, and of course, Pueblo's got one, with the usual 35 businesses to peruse and a free shuttle, but also ghost walks, a human ribbon procession and much more, all from 5 to 8 tonight (puebloarts.org). — Edie Adelstein

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5 Saturday

music

Some believe Italian composer Vivaldi wrote the sonnets that go with each of the movements in his most famous work, The Four Seasons. For autumn: "This is the season that invites all to the sweet delights of peaceful sleep." (Winter, on the other hand, "drenches people by the hundreds.") You'll hear the symphonic equivalent of these words when the Colorado Springs Philharmonic performs The Four Seasons at 8 tonight with guest violinist Bella Hristova at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). The show will include a Beyond the Score program that goes into detail about Vivaldi's life. Tickets start at $19. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge The Frozen Man

6 Sunday

stage

They had me at "Halloween Olio." Yes, the Thin Air Theatre Company (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, thinairtheatre.com) will take advantage of all of pumpkin month to promote gleeful fright — the family-friendly kind where you're really not scared, but you might pretend to be so, because, gadzooks, that zombie is chasing those people through a mine! — with The Frozen Man. The madcap melodrama runs Thursdays through Sundays until Nov. 2; today's performance unfolds at the terrifying hour of 1 p.m. Tickets to the fake freak-out range from $10.25 to $16.25. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge State of the Rockies

7 Monday

lecture

"Conservation catalyst" could be seen as kind of a bullshit title, especially when it's self-bestowed. But it's tough to think of something more apt to describe someone who's created the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, established national parks in African countries, and helped launch wildlife conservation campaigns with the Patagonia Company. That's Gary Tabor — whose degrees from McGill, Cornell, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania also afford him some heft. See and hear the real Mr. Tabor at 7 tonight during his free talk, titled "The Emergence of Large Landscape Conservation in an Era of Planetary Thresholds," a State of the Rockies Project event, at Colorado College's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Maureen McHugh

8 Tuesday

books

Science fiction, economic crisis, LGBTQ issues, Communism and family matters come together in Maureen McHugh's fiction writing, particularly in her celebrated novel, China Mountain Zhang. But McHugh is much more than a novelist with a penchant for mash-ups; she's also the author of two books of short stories and the chief architect of the alternate reality game, Year Zero. At 7 tonight, you can get a glimpse into the mind of this creator when she speaks for free about her work, back at CC's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Gracie Ramsdell

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